Finberg’s 1909 title is slightly misleading. The distant building is the ruin of Dob Park Lodge, a hunting lodge dating from the early seventeenth century. Turner’s viewpoint is on the left bank of the River Washburn a short way below the ancient manor house called Folly Hall, but that is out of the field of view to the left.
The sketch served as the basis of a studio watercolour, On the Washburn, under Folly Hall (British Museum, London)1 painted for Sir William Pilkington of Stanley Chevet near Wakefield.
Wilton 1979, p.361 no.538
A copy of Finberg’s Inventory now in Tate’s Library contains handwritten annotations by the author noting that this drawing was damaged when the Tate Gallery was flooded in 1928.1 Moreover, there is conspicuous fading at the centre of the sheet, probably the result of exposure in the touring Second Loan Exhibition.2
- Folly Hall(1)